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Stabenow, Dana

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1952-    ) US author now best known for a nonfantastic private-investigator series, the Kate Shugak sequence set in the author's native Alaska. Her first fiction, however, was sf: the Star Svensdotter sequence comprising Second Star (1991), A Handful of Stars (1991) and Red Planet Run (1995), which describes the fraught Near Future expansion of Homo sapiens starwards, thwarted by hidebound militarism and bureaucrats. The initial venue is a Space Habitat whose administrator, Star Svensdotter, must combat Terran obstructionism, cope with at least one mysterious visiting Alien, and prepare the habitat for forward-looking colonists. A second habitat features in the second volume; in Red Planet Run, the now-widowed Svensdotter explores unknown regions of Mars, discovering there evidence of a Forerunner species. Specific homages to Robert A Heinlein can be found throughout the trilogy. [JC]

Dana Helen Stabenow

born Anchorage, Alaska: 27 March 1952



Star Svensdotter

works as editor


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